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Corporate Tax Planning

New IRS Commissioner Outlines Goals for his Term

Earlier this fall, the Senate confirmed President Trump’s pick to head the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Charles Rettig previously practiced tax law in California for more than 36 years. During that time, he often represented taxpayers in disputes with the IRS and was a member of the IRS Advisory Council (IRSAC) for three years beginning in 2008, and served as IRSAC’s chair from 2010 to 2011. Rettig was confirmed as Commissioner of the… Read More

Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin

Largest U.S. Bitcoin Exchange Ordered to Share Client Information with the IRS

In a recent decision,  a California court ordered the largest bitcoin exchange in the U.S. to hand certain customer information over to the IRS to facilitate the IRS’ investigation into underreporting of virtual income gains. What Happened? Coinbase is a San Francisco based exchange dealing in cryptocurrency. Between 2013 and 2015, Coinbase maintained more than 4.9 million bitcoin wallets in 190 countries, serving 3.2 million customers and exchanging $2.5 billion. Believing that… Read More

Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin

IRS Advisory Committee Calls for More Guidance on Cryptocurrency Transactions

The Internal Revenue Service has published a new report in which the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) emphasized the rise in popularity of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and noted that there has been a concurrent rise in questions about the tax consequences around transactions involving these virtual currencies. What is IRPAC? IRPAC is a federal advisory committee under the broader umbrella of the IRS. It’s mission is to “provide an organized… Read More

Mega Millions

Personal Tax Planning

How Much Tax Will the $1.6 Billion Mega Millions Lottery Winner Have to Pay?

The media has been on fire with lottery stories these past few weeks, as the Mega Millions lottery in the U.S. crept ever higher, before finally reaching a near-record breaking $1.6 billion dollars. Now, it has been revealed that a single ticket sold in South Carolina is the winner- meaning that one person (or group of people) is set to hear life-changing news. While the win is historic, it will also come with… Read More

Unexplained wealth orders

Tax Disputes & Litigation

Woman Who Spent More than $20 Million at Luxury Department Store Fights Court Order to Reveal Source of Her Wealth

An Azerbajani woman recently became the first person targeted by a British procedure intended to seize money from individuals suspected of obtaining their wealth via corruption. The woman came under scrutiny after purchasing high-end properties in and around London, and spending $21 million USD over the course of a decade of shopping at luxury U.K. department store Harrods. Unexplained Wealth Orders The woman is the subject of two “unexplained wealth orders” (UWO)… Read More